As if reaching the College World Series wasn't incentive enough, there was an added element for team's competing in last year's Super Regionals: playing at historic, 63-year-old Rosenblatt Stadium in its last turn as host of the CWS. This year it's about being among the eight teams to christen new TD Ameritrade Park in downtown Omaha, Neb. There are plenty of other intriguing storylines across the country as the best-of-three Regionals begin this weekend, highlighted by South Carolina's quest to return to defend its title; the Dallas Baptist vs. Cal matchup assuring that a No. 3 seed advances; and the Texas vs. Arizona State series assuring that a program steeped in tradition makes it back once again.
With the NFL Combine since passed, the next phase of talent evaluation -- Pro Days -- kicks into high gear on Tuesday. This week, contingents from all 32 NFL teams will visit SEC West programs Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi State to work out draft-eligible players.
Bashing the Pac-10 has been a sport within a sport this season, but I'm here to tell you something that may surprise you: This is going to be the most fascinating race inside any of the big six conferences.
The latest subject in our Hoops Q&A series is Cal's Patrick Christopher, a senior from Compton, Calif. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 14.5 points and 3.8 rebounds last season for the Golden Bears, who finished tied for third in the Pac-10 and lost to Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The following is an edited transcript of our conversation:
Advances in the study of coral in the last few years has led a group of scientists to conclude that corals almost rival humans in their genetic complexity and their relationship to algae is key to their survival.
The cold, dry air of winter can give you chapped lips, cracked hands, and now, a study suggests, a better chance of getting the flu. A new analysis of previous data shows that in low-humidity conditions, the influenza virus is more likely survive, possibly giving it a better shot at spreading from person to person and making its way to you.
Amid pink slips and plummeting stocks, 2009 may not be shaping up to be the year you hoped for. But one thing you do still have some control over is your body. So put your stress on the shelf and resolve to focus on you come January 1. To help you out, here are some experts' tips for turning last year's failed resolution into something stable for the future and who couldn't use a little more stability?
Ancient volcanoes may have caused a dramatic warming of the Earth's atmosphere that raised sea temperatures and killed off many marine species, resulting in a "planetary emergency," U.S. and European scientists said Thursday.